Bad Fire in Brooklyn.
Last week was a bad one for Greater New York so far as fires were concerned. On January 19 there were three in one day that came under the head of serious. One was in the borough of Brooklyn, and burned out the interior of a 4-story house in the rear of 2103 Bergen street. The loss of property was small; but unfortunately a woman, with her three small children, perished. The fire broke out in the kitchen, where, to save fuel, the poor woman had spread a mattress by the side of the stove for her children to play on. The mattress evidently caught fire, and the mother, who had locked the door for fear of some Italians who lived in the front of the house, had been unable to open it. The four were found with their clothes on fire and dead. A fire also wiped out two buildings, Nos. 40-42, in Whitehall street just off Bowling street, Manhattan, one being the old, almost historic Parkinson’s wine store, with a loss of $10,000. A fire in the airshaft at 827 Broadway, a 2 p. m., blocked traffic for an hour, did at least $25,000 worth of damage to the Smith Metal Bed company. The building, 2-story, brick, is in the middle of the block bounded by Eleventh and Twelfth avenues and Forty-third and Fortyfourth streets, with business buildings all round it. The flames were confined to the Smith structure. Stationed in front of the building, water tower No. 2, with two streams from the highpressure mains, did effective work. Firemen with other lines went to the adjoining buildings to help in the work.